Three online games to play with friends in a pandemic

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Seeing friends over Zoom might have started to become boring or a little tiring after all this time, but online games are a great way to make them fun again!

Since the pandemic began, we have had to deal with many adjustments in our daily lives.  Things like working and attending school from home, to moving our hangouts with friends online. But even though it might be harder now to get a hug from our loved ones, that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy their company. If you’re getting tired of the usual weekly catch up, there are some great games that are worth trying out.

Among Us

It’s hard to find someone that hasn’t heard of this game by now. That’s because there’s so many memes that making the rounds around social media and so many Youtubers playing it.

If you aren’t familiar with it, however, Among Us is a multiplayer deduction game, similar to Mafia or Werewolf, where you and your friends are on a spaceship. Some players are randomly selected to be Crewmates. They have to complete tasks to fix up the ship, while trying to figure out who the bad guys are. The other players are Impostors, whose aim is to sabotage the efforts of their crewmates and kill them.

The game can be played with up to ten people, so it’s a great choice for everyone regardless of the size of their friendship group. It can also be played on phones and on computers.

Jackbox Games

You cannot go wrong with the Party Packs from Jackbox Games. There are seven of them, each including five games to play. The games are fairly simple to learn, but they are great fun. The diversity also means that if you ever get bored of one game you can just pick another. Only one person needs to purchase a Party Pack. Everyone can play on their phones, through their web browsers, as long as they can see the game owner’s screen. The games range from trivia to Pictionary to writing jokes and trying to win rap battles.

The games can be played by up to eight people. And if you like to stream, they are great for audience participation.

Exploding Kittens

If you are finding yourself missing board game nights, fear not, for there now exists Quarantined Kittens. This is the online version of the popular Exploding Kittens card game.

The rules are slightly complicated, but the essence of the game is that you must avoid being exploded by the Exploding Kitten card, and there are Bomb Diffuse cards to help you. The rules are available to download on the official website, but they will also be explained in the app as well.

The game is available for mobile phones and can be played by up to five people.

Whether you’re catching up with friends or having a family night online, these games will help bring you together while having fun!

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